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Pity the World

Bruce Taylor


Taylor's poems are wide ranging and powerful. In poem after poem there's a both a story and a song. If, as one of the poems claims, "the true prayer is listening," then these are poems that should not only be read, but "listened" to, in every sense of the word.

Max Garland (The Postal Confessions)

Against this backdrop of stale smoke, seasoned dreams, and suburban evenings, the instants of beauty surprise and sparkle all the more. These poems are wisdom purchased with the wages of sin.

Mike Perry (Population 485)

Many of Taylor's poems take place at the very moment a man might miss, the moment he realizes he's a stranger in the territory of his own life. Flashes of color and force resound from one poem to another. The poems, chant for all of us who are walking through this world.

Frank Smoot (Farm Life)

The evidence that this collection has been too long in coming resides in its purity and its economy, the way the everyday particular of mind and garden, heart and home has been made to shine.

Richard Terrill (Coming Late To Rachmaninoff)

These poems have the astounding grace and utility of one's everyday favorite things. They love the present in its fleeting pleasures and disappointments, directing us not so much to build an ideal world but to discover all over again the one we already inhabit.

Elizabeth Willis (Turneresque)

ISBN:978-1891386527, 120 pgs, $14.95

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